Books

Are you reading what Mark Zuckerberg's reading? Pinker's 'The Better Angels'

Written by HILLEL ITALIE,
AP National Writer
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 07:20

Mark Zuckerberg has made his next book club pick, a release he considers especially timely after the recent terrorist attacks in Paris.

The Facebook CEO announced earlier this week he would take on Steven Pinker’s “The Better Angels of Our Nature,” a widely discussed and occasionally criticized 2011 book that contends violence has decreased in modern times and the world has become more humane. Zuckerberg posted the news on his Facebook page and on a community page he set up for his club, A Year of Books.

A female Thor and a Muslim Ms. Marvel? Comic books embrace diversity

Written by Jesse J. Holland,
AP writer
Friday, 19 December 2014 10:20

This Thor is a woman now. -PHOTO: Marvel Comics

For decades, comic books have been in color, but now they truly reflect all the hues of American society.

Holiday Gift Guide: Deck the tables with oversized gift books

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 27 November 2014 11:18

All the Songs. — PHOTO: Courtesy

As self-purchases, coffee table books may seem like pricey indulgences, but as gifts they’re an easy way to please a connoisseur, hobbyist or wannabe.

‘Enhanced’ e-book of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ out

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 05 November 2014 13:58

Oprah Winfrey and Tom Brokaw are among the featured commentators for an “enhanced” e-book of Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

The e-book was released this week by HarperCollins. It also features a 1964 radio interview with Lee, who rarely speaks to the media. The regular e-book for “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Lee’s only novel, came out in July. She had been one of the last major authors to withhold electronic rights.

Novel explores Van Gogh’s silent period

Written by M.L. JOHNSON,
Associated Press writer
Thursday, 08 January 2015 08:34

When Vincent van Gogh steps off the train in the coal-mining region of Belgium known as the Borinage, his artist’s eye is immediately captivated by his surroundings.

“The haze of coal smoke made it seem as if night were falling; the black was so thick, I felt I could take grasp of it with my hand and pull free a piece,” he recalls in a letter to his brother.

Ayn Rand novel ‘Ideal’ to be published in July

Written by WiG Monday, 08 December 2014 19:35

An Ayn Rand novel written, temporarily shelved and later published as a play is finally being released in its original form.

The New American Library, an imprint of Penguin Random House, announced that Rand’s “Ideal” would be published July 7. Rand had worked on the novel, about a Garbo-like actress and the fans she confronts, in the mid-1930s. Unhappy with the result, she turned it into a play, which came out in 2005.

Stephen King returns to true horror in ‘Revival’

Written by ROB MERRILL,
Associated Press writer
Thursday, 13 November 2014 09:02

Remember when Stephen King announced that he was retiring? That was more than a decade and at least six books ago, and he’s done nothing but crank out best-sellers ever since.

King's latest novel — likely to be No. 1 next week — is appropriately titled “Revival,” for it marks a return to true horror for the modern master of the genre. There are no soul-sucking vampires as in “Doctor Sleep,” or speculative historical fiction about the assassination of John F. Kennedy as in “11/22/63.”

‘The Killer Next Door’ is gripping mystery

Written by OLINE H. COGDILL,
Associated Press writer
Thursday, 30 October 2014 09:53

“The Killer Next Door” (Penguin Books), by Alex Marwood

Desperation brings six people to a decaying Victorian apartment house where the tenants’ desolation pales in comparison with one neighbor’s despicable acts.

The big reads in book news in 2014

Written by HILLEL ITALIE,
AP National Writer
Monday, 22 December 2014 19:58

Like a serial for the digital age, the book world’s most dramatic story of 2014 unfolded in installments, often in real time.

A dispute about e-book revenues between Amazon.com and Hachette Book Group led to Amazon’s removing buy buttons, cutting discounts and reducing orders for works ranging from J.K. Rowling’s latest detective thriller to J.D. Salinger’s “Nine Stories.” The battle lasted for months. Hachette author Stephen Colbert flipped the bird to Amazon, right on camera. Amazon suggested that frustrated customers might try buying books elsewhere.

Travel books, for gifts or your own coffee table

Written by BETH J. HARPAZ,
AP travel editor
Friday, 05 December 2014 08:08

Shopping, romance, bucket lists, inspiration and information: All of these things and more can be found in books for travelers that are out this season in time for the holidays.

In addition to being gift-worthy, some of the titles make a nice addition to your own coffee-table collection; others are useful for trip planning or may serve as fodder for travel dreams.

Inaugural poet Richard Blanco returns to Miami in memoir

Written by The Associated Press Tuesday, 11 November 2014 05:05

In Richard Blanco's Miami, memories linger outside coffee windows and in Cuban grocery store aisles.

Barack Obama's 2013 inaugural poet grew up here, gathering experiences and stories as the son of Cuban exiles that would lay the foundation for his written work and inspire his new memoir, "The Prince of Los Cocuyos."

New book offers ‘Game of Thrones’ back story

Written by HILLEL ITALIE,
AP National Writer
Thursday, 30 October 2014 09:42

George R.R. Martin knows all the signs of Boba Fett Syndrome.

Named for the minor “Star Wars” character who fans demanded to know more about, Boba Fett Syndrome is most acute for any book or film series that has reached the level of phenomenon, when minutiae becomes major. For Martin, this has meant not just the usual demands for the next “A Song of Ice and Fire” fantasy novel (don’t ask, he’s still working on it), but constant letters and emails asking for information on everything from dragons to Aegon Targaryen’s war against the Seven Kingdoms.